Friday Fictioneers Jan 30, 2015

Dusk was falling fast on the high security prison, filling Ray's cell with an eerie dusty light. Anticipating his last meal, Ray knew he had chosen well, T-bone steak, baked potato; corn, a whole wheat bun and apple pie ala-mode.

Later, the guards came and led him down the long hall to the electricity room, where they put him in a chair and tied a black hood over his head.

After making sure he was secure, the old guard yelled, “Ready! Set! Power the juice!”


(Ray wasn't dead).


(Still wasn't dead).

“Oh hell! Get em' up. He lives.”

  • ~100 words~

copyright: Ted Strutz

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100 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers Jan 30, 2015

  1. Dear Joy? I love your story and I think you are right. I’ve heard that before that if they survive the electric chair, that their sentence is commuted to life in prison – which I think is probably a wise move. Your story was so good! Thanks! Nan ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. That’s not a chair I would like to be sitting in – not even for the t-bone steak. (He was probably innocent, anyhow – the mayor nobbled the jury chairman who was related to the victims’ second cousin by marriage.)

    • I agree with you and think he was innocent. Now he has to go through another trial but he gets proven NOT guilty and is set free. The mayor’s cousin is on the run because he is afraid now…. lol…. poetic justice!!

    • Thank you JR! He didn’t die because he was innocent and is given a new trial where he was proven INNOCENT and set free to live a happy life. (I believe in poetic justice :D)

  3. I think it was the electro-magnetic field that still surrounded the T-bone, short-circuiting the electricity. I would probably not have survived – I’m a vegetarian. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. PJ, is this real? But Thank. God he survives, yay, for happy endings ๐Ÿ™‚ . I didn’t know they were given life sentences if they Survived electrocutions.

    • No, it is fiction. But that is what I have heard. If they aren’t killed by the electric chair or whatever, they don’t have to go through it again. I didn’t look up to see if that is accurate. I think my protagonist is not guilty. But I believe in poetic justice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh my goodness! At least he got a good meal out of it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I didn’t know that about surviving the electric chair. Do they still use the electric chair? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    • Thank you for reading Ellespeth. No, I don’t think they use the electric chair anymore. I had always heard that if a prisoner survives the electric charge (or even the lethal injection now) they are taken off of death row so not to have to go through that again. I didn’t look it up to verify, but it makes sense to me.


    • What!? You sadist! (lol) He is innocent, that’s why it isn’t working. It’s called poetic justice. But you might want to call some of the prisons in your country, they are always looking for people like you. (hahaha)

  6. This is a very interesting take on the prompt.
    Apparently the first execution by electric chair lasted for 8 minutes! George Westinghouse said it was worse than hanging, and a reporter claimed that he would have been better off with an axe.

  7. I like the way you ended this, “He lives,” like he’s a Frankenstein or something. And now he’ll go back to bad food, but he lives! Great story, PJ.

    • I think we can make our own endings after this. For me, it is poetic justice. He is freed from prison because he was innocent for whatever he was in prison for. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. We both had the chair in our heads! You have some powerful words here. Great job and no worries about your writing abilities as I can see. ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Dear Joy,

    Perhaps this is the reason they went to lethal injection. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although his “last’ meal sounds kind of lethal. On a grammatical note, I think your semi-colons should be commas.

    At least he got to have a tasty meal before going back to cardboard prison food. Cute story.



  10. There’s a real strong smack of realism in your story because, at least from what I’ve read, not everyone who sits in the electric chair dies the first time. Also, the final meal was interesting and another nice touch of realism. There was a website I found years ago that listed the last meals of condemned inmates and it was really interesting at first but quickly became very sad.

  11. Scary, but good story, Joy. I’d say life imprisonment would be merciful, but from what I’ve read, I’m not sure. I don’t believe in the death penalty. Too many mistakes have been made. Well done. — Suzanne

  12. What a hard-hitting story and very well written, PJ. The description of his last meal was an excellent touch. That the man should survive two bolts in that dreaded chair is quite something! I suppose we could read all sorts into that – religious or otherwise. Well done!

    • Thank you for reading and commenting. ๐Ÿ™‚ I doubt anyone would really survive two bolts of electricity in an electric chair but I wanted to convey “poetic justice”. Heck, the guy was innocent – can’t let him die in the electric chair! lol (Although I am sure there are some that have died that are innocent). Thank you.

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